Posted on 18 November 2010
We have recently had contact with many of our friends. Here is some of their news.


Sarah Dawkins was recently able to join the Girls Brigade for their outing to Chessington World of Adventures and report in, on the following Sunday, on how she has settled into her new role as UCCF Staff Worker for Bedford, Luton and Hatfield. Her new flat mate proved to be one of Stephen’s former students so doubtless embarrassing stories are now being exchanged!

Gareth Leaney and Peter and Linda Dray keep us constantly updated with news of their work. Gareth has been actively involved in his student ministry in the Thames Valley and Guildford and Peter is now travelling extensively in the north east as he supports the UCCF workers and activities in a region that stretches from Newcastle and Durham in the north to Sheffield and Leeds in the south. Recently Peter has seen a number of students come to faith through meeting at which he has spoken…. And Anne and Stephen are excited that they will soon be grandparents!

Pawel Kugler has contacted us from Elblag in Poland to let us know that, despite an offer to remove to Warsaw, he has decided to remain in the north of Poland. This involves considerable sacrifice on his behalf and we pray for blessing upon his ongoing ministry.

Matteus and Beata report from our twin-church in Sopot that they are now in their new flat and that a new club is being established to help meet their neighbours and others in the city.

Szymon has said how he and the family enjoyed the visit of Stephen and Anne: not least for seeing the anxiety Stephen showed about kayaking! They hope visitors from England can assist them with their English school next summer.

Joseph and Lydia in Chennai have had a very difficult year. Several of the children have died during the last year and others, for whom they had high hopes, have disappointed them. Two little sisters with major disabilities (one supported by Ferndale members) had required transfer to a home better able to meet their requirements. Recently, a family member snatched them and then all three were killed in a traffic accident. This has been devastating for Joseph and Lydia.

Divarkaran and Usha have had a quieter year following Divarkaran’s stroke. However, he seems to be well recovered and is delighted that his illness has led to reconciliation with a fellow believer after thirteen years.

Graeme Tonkin was recently travelling in Europe and planning further ministry in the USA but was taken ill while in England and had to return to Australia where he is recovering. 

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